By FAIZAL BUJANG
KUCHING: Sarawak United FC (SUFC) striker Alan Lagang Keryer wants to succeed in his career as a professional football player.
“Indeed, I want to make a name for myself. I want to follow in my father’s footsteps when he was with the Sarawak team years ago,” the Miri-born Alan told New Sarawak Tribune’s sister paper Suara Sarawak.
His father, Keryer Meria, played for Sarawak during the Ngap Sayot revolution of the 80s.
Alan knows there is no shortcut to achieving his dreams, saying he would make full use of his SUFC chance.
He has played for the national Under-18 side at the Asian Football Federation Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2019.
According to Alan, he picked up a lot of useful tips from his father when the latter was a player.
“I have always been with my father since I was six years old. From that age, my talent was obviously spotted right through primary and secondary schools.”
Meanwhile, former Sarawak Youth Cup coach Safri Amit said Alan had the skills to make it big.
His former charge, he added, was one of the best young strikers in the country and had the potential to go far based on the attitude he displayed in every match with the Sarawak back-up team.
“What is important,” Safri said, “Alan needs to be more focused as well as work harder if he wants to succeed in the world of football.”
Alan was in the Sarawak Youth Cup squad in 2019, later the Sarawak President’s Cup squad in 2020 before joining SUFC.
He was called up for national Under-19 squad selection recently.